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Composting 101 2016 10-26

Composting 101 from Master Gardener Ellen Book

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Composting 101 2016 10-26

  1. 1. COMPOSTING 101Ellen Book, Master Gardener Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension
  2. 2. Was NOT me
  3. 3. A Tumbler Bin Composter
  4. 4. GREENs = nitroGen BROWNs = carBon CarBon = Energy NitroGen = Protein
  5. 5. Compost Tips for the Home Gardener http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep323 Carbon – Browns Nitrogen – Greens
  6. 6. AS PILE TEMPERATURES  &  TIME IS NEEDED FOR VARIOUS MICROORGANISMS TO COLONIZE
  7. 7. Left: (1 year old) Last year’s material all garden stuff, grass & leaves, kitchen: banana peels veg. trimmings from the pile’s top. Middle: (2 years old) bottom of this year’s pile put into bags Right: (3 years old) Finished product from the bags to be used in the garden & greenhouse this year GUESS WHERE THIS COMPOST WAS MADE?
  8. 8. Smaller surface areas decompose faster
  9. 9. Compost bin cutaway
  10. 10. Aeration keeps microbes alive. ANEROBI C microbes STINK!
  11. 11. The free compost bins have trapdoors at the bottom to access the compost.
  12. 12. Check for moisture when turning the compost. The consistence should feel like a wrung-out sponge.
  13. 13. Unfinished compost may stress plants, causing yellowing or stalling growth
  14. 14. Heat cooks most weeds
  15. 15. LANDFILL SITES
  16. 16. http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/compost-info/
  17. 17. COMPOSTING 101 QUESTIONS? Upcoming Master Gardener Programs: Thurs & Fri, Nov 4 & 5, 2016 Avocado Laurel Wilt Summit 8:00am – Fri, 3:30pm . Saturday, December 17, 2016 11am – 12pm COMPOSTING 101 Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th Street, Pinecrest, FL Please register online. Access to this presentation at: http://tinyurl.com/miamicompost

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